David Kaden, Senior Minister

Sr. Minister David Kaden at pulpit in black robes and white stole

I’m the husband of a fabulous wife and the father of two delightful children. I root for God’s team, the New York Yankees, enjoy films and novels, and I love (good) music, anything from Thievery Corporation and Mastodon to the Wu-Tang Clan and Vivaldi.

I hold degrees from Messiah College (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Harvard University (Th.M.), and the University of Toronto (Ph.D.). In addition to serving as FCCI’s Associate Minister from 2005-2009, I have served churches in Massachusetts, worked as an interim college chaplain at the University of Toronto, and filled the pulpit regularly at the College Street United Church in Toronto. I was a research fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute in Toronto, and I have taught courses at the University of Toronto, St. Olaf College, and Cornell University. My publications in the study of religion have examined a variety of topics, but my first book focused on law and religion (Matthew, Paul, and the Anthropology of Law [Mohr Siebeck, 2016]). My new book project is titled, A Positive and Progressive Christianity: How Biblical Interpretation, History, Philosophy, and Theology can make Christians More Liberal (forthcoming, Fortress Press).  I’m a progressive Christian who sees religion as inseparable from culture, so my sermons are peppered with cultural references. I look forward to meeting you soon!